Quote Originally Posted by eric
Very nice! Is that an all aluminum rail or wood rail with aluminun "skin"? Is the crank some type of gearing mechanism? The piece that goes on a downard angle from behind the camera going towards the tripod, what is that? Is that for folding?
- It's an aluminium rail
- the cranks going down if for stability of the camera, to minimize vibrations.
- no folding involved.

Those who are concerned about wide angle lenses. I don't do wide angle. The lenses are too expensive
If I ever happen to buy one, I'll build a new camera specially for it.